Alan Shearer believes Andy Carroll is primed to perform to distinction for England at the European Championships this summer, while Liverpool will reap the rewards of his renewed confidence next season.
The 23-year-old striker has struggled to make an impact of note since his £35 million move from Newcastle to Anfield last year, but offered signs of improvement towards the end of the last campaign.
No performance was more apparent than a near match-saving display against Chelsea in the final of the FA Cup, and Shearer has been enthused by Carroll's form of late.
"He has finished the season well," the Premier League's record goalscorer told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"The Andy Carroll that I saw coming on against Chelsea in the FA Cup final was the Andy Carroll I have seen week in and week out at Newcastle.
"He was bullying defenders, scoring goals, running the channels. The ability is there."
Carroll has found the net only 11 times in 56 appearances for Liverpool; some way behind the tally of Luis Suarez, who moved to Anfield on the same day.
Shearer, though, believes it has taken Carroll time to adjust to the system at Liverpool, and says the Geordie will be able to form a fruitful partnership with Suarez in the years to come.
"People forget that the whole system at Newcastle was designed for Andy. That was always the first movement.
"Age is on his side. He absolutely has time. I hope he can build a partnership with Luis Suarez that's there for many years because he's a good lad, Andy.
"He wants to improve and he wants to play. I don't think that Liverpool should change everything just for one player, Liverpool are bigger than that.
"When you go into the team you want chances as a forward and he probably hasn't had as many as he would have liked."
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